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Sadaf Chaudry

Career Path: Primary School Teacher, Wingrove School
Location: Wingrove, UK

I am working as a primary school teacher in Newcastle upon Tyne. I have always been surrounded by younger cousins, nieces and nephews whilst growing up and therefore have had a lot of experience with young children. I believe I can be a positive role model for the younger generation and make a successful impact upon the local ethnic community with regards to the importance of a school education.

Where are you doing now?

I currently teach at a fantastic school and I love my job! I have been blessed to have a supportive family and friends who have encouraged me to work even harder as a teacher. I am now a teacher-governor and host my own Bollywood after-school dance club. I am also part of the respect and fundraising committees in my school. My latest additions to my continuing professional development are becoming a member of the Eco-Warriors, taking charge of the volunteer section at school and becoming the NUT rep at my school.

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals/ give your career an edge?

I completed a PGCE via a two-year distance course which I feel was very well supported by my University tutor and link tutor. The University is modern and had an up-to-date library and online access to information.

What was the best thing about your course?

I enjoyed being on placements in schools located near to my home. I valued the experiences I gained and met some wonderful teachers and young children along the way.

Which skills/ knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most throughout your career?

I believe the communication and organisational skills that I developed on the course have helped me throughout my career as a Primary School Teacher. Teaching is a continuous learning process and I learn something new every day.

What did you enjoy most about your time at Northumbria University?

I enjoyed meeting new people and sharing our experiences.

What advice would you give somebody who is thinking of studying at Northumbria?

Access all the facilities provided and meet new people. Social communication is an important skill that most jobs require.

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in three words?

Inclusive, enjoyable and accessible.

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